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tō´k ' n ( אות , 'ōth , usually rendered "sign" (on Deuteronomy 22:14 ff see the comms.)): "Sign" and "token" are virtually synonymous words and in the King James Version are used with little or no distinction (in Ex 13, compare Exodus 13:9 and Exodus 13:16 ). If there is any difference, "token" is perhaps more concrete and palpable than "sign," but this difference cannot be stressed. The modern use of "token," however, as a "memorial of something past" found in Numbers 17:10 ; Joshua 2:12 . the Revised Version (British and American) has substituted sign in Exodus 13:16 ; Psalm 135:9 ; Isaiah 44:25 , and the American Standard Revised Version has "evidence" in Job 21:29 (a needlessly prosaic change). The four New Testament examples, Mark 14:44 ; Philippians 1:28 ; 2 Thessalonians 1:5 ; 2 Thessalonians 3:17 (each for a different Greek word) are self-explanatory. See SIGN .

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Token'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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